Time with God

“Time spent with God in the morning is always fruitful and stimulates the mind of the Christian to believe that he or she is walking with God; this comforts men and women who will then be able to acknowledge that this day will be filled with great expectations of deliverance in victorious living as God’s children.” ~LMJ~

A Spiritual Sandwich (Relishing the Nurturing Word – Yummy)

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward men appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done {thank God}, but according to his mercy he saved us– Titus 2:11, 3:4-5. Grace is God’s divine and unmerited favor upon our lives which brings to men and women salvation. Mercy is, from God’s point of view, the withholding of judgment, and because He withholds any judgment from the believer, you and I may continue enjoying God’s kindness and love for us every single moment of every single day. Notice in the preceding verses that first God’s grace appears to all, then kindness, then the love of God, and then His mercy; in other words, we have what I call a spiritual sandwich. First, God lays down a slice of divine grace that brings salvation; then, in the middle a big, thick portion of kindness seasoned with the love of God; and then it is topped off with a big, thick slice of His own special mercy. God has already accepted us into His household and given us a seating with Christ at the table of life. For dessert, God in Christ serves up a large helping of eternal life to go (to heaven), spoon-fed to us with the love of God. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, Man shall not live by bread alone, but {man shall live} by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Thus, God’s wonderful Word can be feasted on and savored in the heart of our hearts. The Word is called the bread of life (John 6:48), and wholesome words (I Timothy 6:3). Jeremiah confessed: Thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart– Jeremiah 15:16. When a believing soul puts his or her trust in God as their sufficiency in physical matters of life, God also fills to the full the true spiritual matters of the human heart. Jesus said in Matthew 5:6- Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. The quenching of our thirst and the true satisfaction from the cravings and hunger pangs of our soul for the fullness of life with God in Christ can and will become a reality that we may relish within our lives as we receive the gracious, nurturing Word of God.” ~LMJ~

A More Excellent Way (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 12:31 – But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

“But covet earnestly the best gifts.” This is the “way” that some people try to find the “so called” best gifts in the Bible. Yet, the Apostle Paul is literally saying, sure you can try your hardest to get the best spiritual gifts, “yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” Paul was writing to an entire Church of believers in Corinth, saying that there was another way to conduct their lives, a better way to live than the way they were currently living, “a more excellent way.” This way is the way of love. It is to live in a more excellent way than any other way because it is God’s way. The very next verse begins explaining some of the spiritual qualities of charity.  The love of God (charity) is the “more excellent way” because it will bring the most needful and “best gifts” right to you.

I Corinthians chapter 13 unfolds to the believers some of the greatness of God’s love applied, what it will accomplish when acted upon, and also what charity will not do. For instance, “{charity} doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (verse 5). Chapter 13 of I Corinthians is a wonderful chapter for believers to read and reread over and again.

I Corinthians 13:6 – {charity} Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

“Iniquity” means wrongdoing, or unrighteousness. In other words, let us say we see someone who just wronged us fall down and we think “That is just what he deserves!” This kind of rejoicing in or being happy with someone’s misfortune is where charity cannot and will not function because that kind of thinking does not emanate out of the love of God.

“Rejoice” is spiritual joy repeated over and again! We will have and enjoy this continuous rejoicing when and where we have charity in our lives. When we look into the Scriptures, recognizing them as divine truth from God, it will cause our hearts to rejoice. When the truth begins to hold us up, then the love of God in our hearts will also begin to bubble over into rejoicing abundantly.

I Corinthians 13:8a – Charity never faileth: . . .

How often will we fail when we have God’s love in our endeavors in life? Never! How do Christians avoid being failures? “Charity never faileth.” When and where we have charity in our hearts, we will succeed. If charity could fail just once, then it would be worthless for it could let us down at a most important moment. However, and thankfully, “charity never faileth.”

Our loving Father has given to His children a more excellent way to live, a more excellent way to follow, and a more excellent way to love. All that any believer can do is either walk into the abundance of God’s more excellent way, or not. However, when you as a believer only try to walk with God in His love, you will assuredly be rejoicing in the truth, for you will tap into a new spiritual love that will never fail you.

For in Him We Live!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Bible says that the heaven of heavens cannot contain God (II Chronicles 2:6), because the vastness of God is eternal and everlasting. For the Christian believer who comes to discover God’s calling, and begins walking within this calling, he or she will also begin to recognize that our God is indeed the true center of the universe, and He becomes more and more for us the true center of our spiritual lives. As we make room for God in the center of our Christian families, then the family can begin growing spiritually with the nurture that comes from the Father of Lights.

Hebrews 11:3 – Through {our believing} faith we understand that the worlds {ages} were framed {prepared} by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made {did not come into being} of things which do appear.

In Genesis 1:1 it says “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” This is when God began laying the foundation for the different ages of time, such as the paradise age, the age of Law, the age of grace, etcetera. Man without God cannot understand or truly believe the spiritual realities of divine creation, nor comprehend that it is God Who made the very life (breath life) we have and enjoy (Genesis 2:7, Psalm 100:3); however, the Christian through his own believing faith can begin to understand spiritual matters.

I Corinthians 2:14 – But the natural man {this is someone who has yet to discover God} receiveth not the things of the Spirit of {from} God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they {things of the Spirit that are from God} are spiritually discerned {by believing}.

So when a natural man says something like I simply cannot believe in creation, or in your God, I already know he cannot, because this is exactly what the Word of God teaches.

I Corinthians 2:9-10:
-9: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
-10: But God hath revealed them {the things which God has prepared for believers who do one thing and one thing only and that is to “love Him” Romans 8:26-28} unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep {and wonderful} things of God.

If the natural man cannot perceive spiritual matters on his own, then who can know God or “Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25) Jesus answers this question for us in Matthew 19:26 “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” The key here is to be “with God” for with Him salvation is found, and anyone can reach out beyond themselves and simply look for God and find Him, and request and invoke His aid and assistance (Romans 10:8-14).

Acts 17:27-28a:
-27: That they {people} should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
-28a: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; . . .

In the Epistle of Romans 1:20 it says “For the invisible things of him {God} from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.” As we look around at the life in the world and the perfection of how everything works, what we can see by our senses is the creation and living amphitheater of God wherein we live and move and have our being, “seeing he {God} giveth to all life, and breath” {Acts 17:25}. God’s calling to us today is a calling into His family to be His children, His sons and His daughters. The healing Word of God expresses how to walk worthy and appreciative within our heavenly calling into God’s family and household. The more we continue walking in God’s family, we will begin enjoying His divine presence (and presents!) and graces upon our lives, the more we can spiritually acknowledge God Who infuses us with His strength and wisdom as He continues to nurture our own lives and families with His healing Word.